DMV Clerk Arrested in License-Swap Scheme in NYC

Prosecutors said Clarence Jenkins made license swaps for three people who paid between $3,500 and $7,000 apiece to middlemen

Wednesday, Feb 1, 2012  |  Updated 6:46 AM EDT
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DMV Clerk Arrested in License-Swap Scheme in NYC

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A clerk has been charged with knowingly letting people trade forged Puerto Rico licenses for valid New York ones at a state Department of Motor Vehicles office in New York City.

Clarence Jenkins pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges including criminal possession of a forged instrument. He's been released without bail. His lawyer didn't immediately return a call.

The Manhattan district attorney's office says Jenkins made license swaps for three people who paid between $3,500 and $7,000 apiece to middlemen. The middlemen haven't been charged thus far.

Prosecutors say one license seeker was a felon who'd been deported. They say he was told to wear a particular hat to Jenkins' office and wait for a signal from him.

The DMV says the 56-year-old Jenkins was suspended after his December arrest.

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